With the onset of Industry 4.0, the push for new technology to automate workflows and improve operational processes is more important now than ever before. Investing in technology to improve product quality for manufacturing and supply chains in this day and age is crucial in order to stay competitive and maintain customer satisfaction. It’s no surprise that with this push to reduce the need of paper and manual processes comes an abundance of tools that are difficult to determine which could be the best solution. The ‘gut reaction’ of many leaders is to invest in form builder solutions, which pose many challenges to attempting to digitally transform quality processes. However, form builder solutions are actually hurting your quality processes and holding you back from staying competitive – Here’s why:
1. Form Builders Encourage Pencil-Whipping and Worker Disengagement
Disengaged workers cost businesses a lot more than they might realize. A study by Glassdoor.com found “companies with engaged employees outperform those without by more than 200%, and companies that invested 10% more in employee engagement also increased company profits by $2,400 per employee per year. With that said, it is critical to provide your workers with a solution that will not only keep them engaged with your processes, but also encourage them to truly take the time to examine and complete audits as efficiently as possible. This is something that form builders simply cannot do.
Form builders are merely your paper forms and spreadsheets in a digital fashion, such as a survey or a digital checklist. Without any proper logic built out, the likelihood of pencil-whipping audits and processes still remains high, and workers will not be as engaged as is necessary.
2. Form Builders Don’t Provide Actionable Data
With the onset of Industry 4.0, having real-time, actionable data is important. Form builders may be able to guide workers through their processes, but what type of data do leaders get out of it?
Without a way for leaders to quickly identify and engage with the most important quality issues, defects may be identified after the product leaves the facility. It’s crucial to invest in a logic-based, insightful, and transparent solution instead so that leaders can act on meaningful data.
3. Form Builders Can’t Identify Preventable Quality Defects
Most quality defects can be prevented and identified before they occur when the right digital solution is in place. However, the main problem with digital form builders is that they are merely in place to check boxes rather than escalate issues. By identifying preventative indicators that demonstrate where your company is likely to fail both internally and externally, leaders can then take this information and learn from it moving forward.
Go with a Solution that is Made for Quality
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach that works for every company. Your company is unique, and you need a solution that can be tailored to fit your processes and rules. That’s why we built Anvl, a Connected Worker software platform that helps organizations detect issues early, enhance communication and identify improvements. To learn more about Anvl’s Solutions for Quality, click here and talk to one of our experts today.